Karunaratne helps Sri Lanka tighten grip

2016-11-01 12:33
Dimuth Karunaratne (AFP)

Harare - Opener Dimuth Karunaratne enjoyed a welcome return to form as Sri Lanka extended their lead over Zimbabwe on the fourth morning of the first Test at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

Karunaratne had not scored a Test fifty in his previous three Tests, but hit an unbeaten 65 as Sri Lanka advanced to 111 for three in their second innings, giving them an overall lead of 275.

The Zimbabweans were able to restrict the Sri Lankan scoring early on as the tourists resumed on five without loss, with Carl Mumba bowling Kaushal Silva in the seventh over of the day.

But Karunaratne gradually opened up, and added 55 brisk runs for the second wicket with Kusal Perera, who fell for 17 when he edged a delivery from Malcolm Waller to slip.

As the field spread, Sri Lanka's momentum was sustained by Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, until the latter perished off the final ball of the session as he was caught at mid-on for 19 off Mumba.

Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer's unexpected Test century had headlined the third day's play, which saw Zimbabwe bowled out for 373 in response to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 537.

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